My best friend from childhood lives in Portland, and every time I visit her, or travel there for work, I’m reminded by how idyllic the city is. To this SF native, it’s a cleaner, safer, more easily navigable version of my hometown. I spent a long weekend bonding with Karen and enjoying a perfect Portland weekend.
I love starting my days with a coffee from Extracto, a hipster’s coffee dream. Karen and her husband, Ian, own a lovely house in PDX’s Alberta Arts District in the NE region. The porch swing above captures the country-esque coziness of their home. Lower left above show Ian working with a group of students at his non-profit, My Voice Music, which teaches under-privileged kids music and collaboration in its creation.
Afternoon cocktails and oysters at The Woodsman Tavern. Karen braved and enjoyed a pickleback - a shot of Irish whiskey coupled with a shot of pickle brine. I stuck to the bourbon :)